Monday, 17 November 2008

Auction Fever

Over the weekend I visited two furniture & antiques auctions. This involved an awful lot of sitting around and waiting for certain lots to come up for sale, but it was a lot of fun. Everyone was very friendly, and my mum and I chatted with lots of interesting people. (Including one guy who bought some African Ceremonial Oars for £600. We had thought they might make a nice Christmas present for my brother, and were a little shocked when they went for that much money!)

I bought quite a few items - a truck load of books (mainly children's encyclopedia from 60's and 70's). Some furniture, including a small old teak filing cabinet and a corner 'whatnot' (great name for a decorative shelving unit). I will share pictures of the furniture once I've found a good place for them (I didn't really think that one through...). We almost accidentally bought a Texan Band Saw, but thankfully it turned out to be the auctioneer's error.

The books - I have plans for these, will post more soon.

I particularly love the vase. It's a Beswick 'zebra pattern' vase, and I have wanted one for a really long time. My photo sadly doesn't show that the interior of the vase is a bright yellow colour.

'The' vase

Early on in the auction day I had chatted with a lady who, like me, was just waiting for the china and porcelain to come up for auction. We debated whether it was worth waiting several hours, and joked about only being interested in one item. When my treasured vase came up (500 lots and 5 hours after I arrived), you'll never guess who started bidding against me! It turned out that we had both been waiting for exactly the same item. In the end I dropped out of the bidding, as it went over the budget I had set for myself. My mother (cheeky woman) threw her hand into the air and bid one more time on my behalf, and lo-and-behold, the lady dropped out and I won it. Auctions are so fun. The lady later came to talk to me and apologized for pushing the price so high. She also promised to send me a complimentary ticket for a antiques show later this month.

I already checked when the next auction is, it's addictive!

1 comment:

janette said...

i have an identical beswick vase just passed on to me by my mother who had it for a wedding present 55 years ago! I have always admired it and have never seen another. I would love to know what you paid for it as I have no idea of the value.